For Christopher Clarey, a New York Times journalist and author of The Master (a recently published biography of Roger Federer’s career), Serena Williams’ match against reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu was an uncomfortable experience for those used to her were American tennis old level.
“For those who remember Serena’s finest hour, this was a painful sight (unless you were there to see Raducanu). For now, Serena’s farewell tour seems like a good idea too late. Last chance for one last hurray: the US Open.” Christopher Clarey wrote on Twitter.
In the much-anticipated match between Williams and Raducanu, the latter won 6-4, 6-0 in 65 minutes. Against Williams’ 60%, the Brit won 76% of her first serve points. While the 2021 Flushing Meadows winner won 75% of her second serve points, Williams had a big problem, winning just 12% of her second serve points.
Raducanu only dropped serve from her once during the game, but she converted five of the nine break points she faced on the two-time former Cincinnati champion’s serve. Williams recorded five more winners than Raducanu, but Raducanu made just one unforced error while the American went on 18.
As described by The New York Times, “Christopher Clarey has covered world sports for The New York Times for more than 25 years from his bases in France, Spain and the United States. One of the world’s leading authorities on tennis, he has covered more than 90 Grand Slam tournaments, covered the key figures and issues of the Open era and interviewed everyone from Bjorn Borg to Serena Williams.”
Serena will retire after the US Open
Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair has lavished praise on Serena Williams. “She is possibly the greatest athlete of all time. I think the way she’s made her way through that transition is like with grace.
I think that’s the way it should be done,” Sinclair said. “Look at how many very successful athletes have had very, very successful careers after sport. I think sometimes, the term retirement, I don’t know, I’m imagining a 70-year-old person retiring from their nine-to-five job.
Athletes have so much to give after their sport,” she added. “I really like the way Serena has turned it into a positive and made it such that there is so much more to come. What we do on the pitch or on the pitch is such a small part of who we are and who we are,” she concluded.